Mogwai
Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1.


3.0
good

Review

by Insurrection CONTRIBUTOR (113 Reviews)
February 5th, 2015 | 9 replies


Release Date: 12/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pleasant background music.

Rave Tapes was a tepid listen. It had some nice moments, more than a few in fact, but not one left a lasting impression nor instilled the urge to ever hear it again. With that said, you would think an EP containing three unreleased tracks from the Rave Tapes sessions and three remixes of Rave Tapes songs, that the result would be equally as forgettable as the album was; and you wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that. Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. is more of an extension of Rave Tapes than anything else. However, when treated as a standalone release, it fares much better. For one, the remixes of the album tracks are far more interesting than their respective counterparts. ‘Re-Remurdered’ provides a dark Nine Inch Nails esque edge to the retro sound of the original, and the lush piano melodies on Nils Frahm’s ‘The Lord Is Out of Control’ remix add an extra layer of tranquil beauty to its already alluring sweeping progressions.

The three new tracks have their own unique voice and inspirit a tender sense of subtlety that was lacking on Rave Tapes. Single ‘Teenage Exorcists’ immediately presents itself as a shoegaze-y Interpol B-side, but sets the ominous tone of the record nicely, largely due to the band’s fragile vocal performance. Mogwai utilize layers to build upon ‘History Day’s hypnotic beat, which is further exemplified on ‘HMP Shaun William Ryder’ by harmoniously alternating between emphatic distortion and quiet refrains. Despite these intricacies, the EP never traverses the line that distinguishes immersive atmospheres from quaint background music. Because of this, nothing from Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. imbues any sense of fulfillment upon listening, but as a harmless EP that doesn’t deviate much from its predecessor, MI3FI1 just goes to show that humble tepidness can indeed be pleasant in small doses.



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Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2015


24658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the other review was great and this is way outside my comfort zone but i promised someone id review this so here it is



feedback appreciated



yt stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrEYnFJ9sSw

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2015


24658 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ty kind sir

ComeToDaddy
February 5th 2015


1787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Short reviews aren't normally my thing, but this was really well written, great work Ins. It's actually convinced me to give this a shot, since I took it off my to-listen list after Halcyon's review. I do love bland background music as long as it's pleasant

HalcyonMusic
February 5th 2015


85 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

> bland

> pleasant



Pretty much.

RadicalEd
February 5th 2015


9432 Comments


mogwai are just treading water at this point as far as I'm concerned.
It pains me to say this, because I love their older stuff so much.

iamamanfromspace
February 5th 2015


1030 Comments


yeah Remurdered was good but the album as a whole sucked, won't cop this

cryptside
February 5th 2015


2397 Comments


nice review, man. loving the shorter format. mindpos

BMDrummer
February 5th 2015


14440 Comments


might check this just because

Tunaboy45
February 25th 2016


16702 Comments


New one should be interesting, reworked soundtrack for a BBC documentary on the atomic bomb.



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